Holiday

RICK STEVES’ SPECIAL:
European Easter

RICK STEVES’ SPECIAL: EUROPEAN EASTER

 

Taking you on a spring journey through Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, Italy, and Greece, “Rick Steves’ European Easter” celebrates this 2,000-year-old story in a variety of cultures. You’ll feel the emotion of this special time as the Passion of Christ unfolds during Holy Week. We’ll join Andalusians carrying parade floats, Greek priests tossing showers of flower petals, and villagers blessing olive branches, plus feasting, fireworks, and more. Exploring a rich and fascinating mix of traditions — from its pagan roots to its glorious finale — “Rick Steves’ European Easter” sheds new light on this timeless holiday.

 

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LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve with Renée Fleming

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER: New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve with Renée Fleming

 

A New Year’s Eve tradition continues with the New York Philharmonic, led by Music Director Jaap van Zweden, welcoming opera great Renée Fleming. From the great waltzes and polkas of Johann Strauss II to musical pearls from composers Stephen Sondheim and Kander and Ebb, the Philharmonic conjures the splendor of a night at the ball.

 

 

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES
From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2019

GREAT PERFORMANCES - From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2019

 

Ring in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of conductor Christian Thielemann at the Musikverein. The program is hosted by Hugh Bonneville and features favorite Strauss family waltzes accompanied by the dancing of the Vienna City Ballet.

 

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Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Featuring Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville

CHRISTMAS WITH THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR: Featuring Sutton Foster and Hugh Bonneville

 

Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster and Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville join the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, Bells on Temple Square handbell choir and Gabriel Trumpet Ensemble for a Victorian-themed program that celebrates the Christmas season through music, storytelling and pageantry.

 

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Christmas at St. Olaf: Ris’n with Healing In His Wings

Christmas at St. Olaf: Ris'n with Healing In His Wings

 

Enjoy lively and festive music, including “Gloria” by Andre J. Thomas, a work arranged for massed choir, soloists, and a full orchestra in a gospel musical style. Also on the program: familiar Christmas carols, beautiful and contemplative choral anthems, and rollicking orchestral flourishes.

 

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CALL THE MIDWIFE
Holiday Special 2018

CALL THE MIDWIFE: Holiday Special 2018

 

The Christmas special will star Miriam Margoyles as Sister Mildred, who arrives unexpectedly at Nonnatus House, her hands full with four Chinese orphans. Having fled China, the child refugees were found abandoned in Hong Kong and are being adopted in the U.K. as part of the World Refugee Project.  With Christmas preparations in full flow and the midwives busy caring for the expectant mothers of Poplar, these unexpected visitors cause joy and chaos in equal measure.

 

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The special also sees Trixie return to  Poplar in time to cover for the Sisters as they leave for the Mother House. The Order’s Mother Superior has taken ill, and a new spiritual leader needs to be elected. It soon becomes clear, much to Sister Julienne’s horror, that she is the favored candidate.

 

 

 

Lidia Celebrates America
A Heartland Holiday Feast

Lidia Celebrates America: A Heartland Holiday Feast

 

In her latest documentary special A Heartland Holiday Feast, Lidia Bastianich takes viewers on a cross-country journey. She explores how Americans representing diverse heritages are both preserving their own culinary traditions and transforming local cuisine.

 

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Christmastime in New Orleans

Christmastime in New Orleans

 

This special captures the contagious spirit of the city as it transports viewers into the holiday season with music, food and a uniquely New Orleans style of hospitality during Christmastime. Featuring music from the NOLA Players as well as special guest appearances by actors Wendell Pierce and Jim Caviezel and internationally acclaimed chefs John Folse, Leah Chase and John Besh. Hosted by Raymond Arroyo.

 

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A St. Thomas Christmas:
So Bright the Star

ST. THOMAS CHRISTMAS: So Bright the Star

 

Recorded before a live audience at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis, A ST. THOMAS CHRISTMAS: SO BRIGHT THE STAR celebrates the Advent and Christmas season by drawing from a songbook of familiar traditional carols and innovative contemporary selections. The festive one-hour concert showcases the University of St. Thomas’ internationally renowned vocal and instrumental ensembles in performance with inspired musical programming.

 

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Christmas at Concordia:
Gather Us In, O Child of Peace

PBS - Christmas at Concordia: Gather Us In, O Child of Peace,

 

In the music special “Christmas at Concordia: Gather Us In, O Child of Peace,” Concordia College re-imagines the Christmas message with music embracing peace and reconciliation. The concert marks the 125th anniversary of Concordia College, which was founded by Norwegian immigrants and is located in Moorhead, Minnesota. Under the artistic leadership of world renowned composer and conductor Rene Claussen, four hundred student musicians perform in front of an original mural measuring nearly 200 feet wide. The hour-long program explores through song the themes of virtue in the community, including tolerance, compassion, and unity. Music includes traditional favorites like “Silent Night” and “I Saw Three Ships” to an original composition by Rene Claussen. The Concordia College choirs and instrumental ensembles performing in the special include: The Concordia Choir, a 72-voice a cappella choir which has performed in nearly every major hall, including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center; the Chapel Choir; Cantabile, which is comprised of sopranos and altos from first-year through senior year; Kantorei, Concordia’s mixed-voice choir comprised of first-year students; and The Concordia Orchestra, an integral part of the annual Concordia Christmas Concerts in December and the Masterworks Concert in the spring.

 

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